Intelligence Failure: How a Commander Can Prevent It
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Intelligence Failure How a Commander Can Prevent It The job of intelligence is to provide the decision maker with sufficient understanding of the enemy to make the correct decisions on how, where and when to utilize friendly forces to accomplish the mission. To do this, the Intelligence Officer J2 employs the intelligence process to bring the power of the intelligence community to bear in support of the commanders requirements. During each operation in the intelligence process there are potholes which can result in suboptimal or even faulty intelligence. This paper examines potential intelligence problems so that decision makers can understand what those are and how they or their intelligence officers can take action to avoid or minimize those problems and prevent them from resulting in mission failure. The Battle of Leyte Gulf provides the historical case study examples to reinforce these lessons.
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